Minnesota Public Radio News

Jul 15

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Jul 02

Somali Independence Day celebration in Twin Cities

Somalis in Minnesota commemorated Somali Independence Day this weekend as the 52nd anniversary of their country’s struggle for independence. (Photos by Nikki Tundel). 

See more photos here

Jun 13

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Jun 07

Billions of dollars wasted on racially biased arrests

In Minnesota, blacks are nearly eight times more likely to be arrested for possessing marijuana than whites while the use is roughly the same.

According to the ACLU’s original analysis, marijuana arrests now account for over half of all drug arrests in the United States. Of the 8.2 million marijuana arrests between 2001 and 2010, 88% were for simply having marijuana. Nationwide, the arrest data revealed one consistent trend: significant racial bias. Despite roughly equal usage rates, Blacks are 3.73 times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana.

via American Civil Liberties Union.

Jun 06

Como Park Zoo opens Gorilla Forest exhibit

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The Como Park Zoo’s new $11 million Gorilla Forest exhibit, which includes the largest mesh gorilla enclosure in North America, opens to the public on Thursday. More photos

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May 29

buzzfeedsports:

“Can you use that in a sentence, please?”

National Spelling Bee starts today!

buzzfeedsports:

“Can you use that in a sentence, please?”

National Spelling Bee starts today!

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May 22

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